University of Houston

Women in Physics Society

The Women in Physics Society at University of Houston (WiPS-UH) aims to facilitate camaraderie among the women in the department and also reach out to the youth in Houston to inspire them to pursue a career in STEM.

OUR MISSION MC2


  • MOTIVATE: Serve as a central organization where women in physics and related areas, from all career levels, come together to discuss topics in the field and uplift each other in their career trajectories.
  • CONNECT: Provide an inclusive and safe environment to women from different cultural, socio-economic or other diverse backgrounds, to share their unique experiences and build connections that will be helpful in the future.
  • CONSTRUCT: Help build the community around us by sparking an interest and passion for STEM careers in the youth. We have conducted outreach programs in surrounding Houston schools and communities.
University of Houston is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States. Additionally, the Department of Physics at UH is one of a small number of universities in the nation, awarding 30% or more of its Ph.D. degrees to women, according to a report by American Institute of Physics. We are fortunate to be a part of a diverse group of people. We, at WiPS-UH, are committed towards building a stronger community that resonates with our mission. We aim to encourage career development and retention of more women in STEM through our social events, career workshops and outreach activities. In 2020, WiPS-UH received the American Physical Society (APS) Women in Physics Group Grants to expand our reach as a group.



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Spotlight Series

Spotlight Series

*** Submissions that support the recruitment and retention of women in STEM, are encouraged from ALL, irrespective of gender. We will love to share your research, awards, perspectives. Email us at wips@central.uh.edu or DM us on Twitter @wips_UH.***

Lilly A Schaffer



March 17, 2022: This month we are featuring Lilly A Schaffer. She is a 4th year graduate student physics and is also serving as the treasurer of WiPS-UH since the beginning of the chapter at University of Houston. She is a Houston native and has completed her undergraduate at University of Houston. She is very excited to talk about her interesting recent results from her research in solar energy converting devices. Additionally, she is very pasionate about physics education and designing effective outreach tools. Read the interview with WiPS members to learn about her research, passion for outreach, what career pathways she is interested to explore and tips on Houston life! Click below.

News & Events

News & Events

Upcoming & Past Events 2021 - 2022


campaign

We are looking for volunteers. Positions are open for any undergraduate or graduate student in physics at UH. We work as a team and you will help us in event curation and execution. We aim to organize 1 event every month. Time committment is 3-4 hours every month. If you are interested, please send us an email for more details.

April 19, 2022

WiPS-UH and UH Physics is launching the 'Women in Physics Speaker Series'. The first talk will be delivered by Prof. Jacinta Conrad, followed by a 'meet the speaker' session for students. The aim is to highlight the careers of women physicists and learn from their experiences. See flyer for details.

March 31, 2022 @ 4pm in SR1, Rm 634

Data and Analysis Event - present any data from your experimental/theoretical/computational physics research infront of your peers and explain the technique used to generate or anlayse the data. More details in flyer!

Feb 12, 2022

Join us on the UH Physics Department Research Day. Many of our members are presenting research posters. WiPS is also presenting an organization poster to high school students. Spread the word and come say hello!

Jan 24, 2022

Virtual General Meeting 2022. Any member can join on TEAMS or email us for link.

Click here to find past events.
Resources

Resources

Find out about fellowships, groups and outreach. For more info, go to resources.

Women in Physics

APS is committed to encouraging the recruitment, retention, and career development of women physicists at all levels.

SACNAS-UH

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science is dedicated to fostering the success of diverse scientists.

Nature Careers Podcast

Working Scientist is Nature Careers' podcast that features interviews from experts in the field and highlights diverse career issues.

National Society of Black Physicists

NSBP is the largest organization devoted to the growth, development, and advancement of the African-American physics community.

American Association of University Women

AAUW is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Sexual and gender minorities

LGBT+ physicists is a website with resources for scientists who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, as well as other sexual and gender minorities.

People

People

Get to know our leadership team, graduate student and faculty members.

Leadership Team


Ananya Mondal

5th year graduate student
Morrison group, Department of Physics
University of Houston

President & Webmaster 2021-2022

amondal2@uh.edu

Atrayee Sarkar

3rd year graduate student
Morrison group, Department of Physics
University of Houston

Vice President 2021-2022

asarkar4@CougarNet.UH.EDU

Lilly Schaffer

4th year graduate student
Varghese group, Department of Physics
University of Houston

Treasurer 2021-2022, 2020-2021

laschaffer2@uh.edu

Anjaly S Menon

4th year graduate student
Timmins group, Department of Physics
University of Houston

Outreach and Event Coordinator, 2021-2022

asasikum@central.uh.edu

Dr. Claudia Ratti

Associate Professor
Department of Physics, University of Houston.

Chapter Advisor 2021-2022, 2020-2021

cratti@uh.edu

Graduate Students

Anjaly Sasikumar Menon, Yuchen Peng, Nosheen Younas, Fengjiao Pan, Tania Ghosh, Jamie M Karthein, Chamini Shammi Pathiraja Mudiyanselage, Ana Gonzalez Romero, Ling-Hua Chang, Atrayee Sarkar, Lilly A Schaffer, Raquel E Quishpe, Negin Alizadeh, Deepa Guragain, Navmi A Naik, Ananya Mondal.

Faculty

Mini Das, Lisa W Koerner, Donna Stokes, Shuo Chen, Claudia Ratti, Rebecca Forrest, Sladjana Maric.

Undergraduate Students

Members of Society of Physics Students (SPS) at UH are also welcome to join our group.

Past Officers 2020 - 2021

2020 Team: Vidushi Adlakha (Founder and President), Keea Healey (Vice President), Lilly Schaffer (Treasurer), Claudia Ratti (Faculty Advisor).

Past Officers 2021

2021- Team: Jamie Karthein (Vice President)

Gallery

Gallery

  • All
  • 2021-22
  • 2020-21
  • Past events

March 31, 2022 || Data and Analysis event organised by Lilly, Atrayee and Anjaly. It was open to all graduate students. Anjaly won the people's choice vote for best data analysis picture.

February, 2022 || WiPS officers lunch meeting to discuss future events.

February 12, 2022 || Open the image to view the WiPS poster presented on UH Physics research day 2022.

February 12, 2022 || UH Physics research day organised by physics professor Greg Morrison and team. WiPS members presented their research. WiPS also presented poster on the need to have support groups in academia. Congratulations to the graduate poster award winners- Abhijit Chakraborty, David Waligo and Ananya Mondal and undergraduate winner, Damien Price.

January 24, 2022 || First general meeting of WiPS-UH for Spring 2022 semester.

December 22, 2021 || WiPS-UH, started the hygiene product service in the physics department for a stress-free work environment for women in physics. Anjaly and Ananya are setting up the hygiene product service initiative. Thanks to APS Women in Physics Group Grants and Department of Physics, UH, for supporting this important initiative.

November 22, 2021 || WiPS-UH collaborates with newly launched UH-APS chapter for a alumni/alumnae virtual career panel. The topic of discussion was academic and non-academic career paths in physics.

November 12, 2021 || WiPS-UH member and vice president 2021, Jamie Karthein sucessfully defends her thesis. She worked with Claudia Ratti. Among other things, she studied the equation of state of QCD in different conditions of Q and S chemical potentials and the chemical freeze-out through yields and fluctuations.

November 11, 2021 || WiPS-UH collaborates with SACNAS-UH for undergraduate research symposium. Ananya was one of the judges and she had a fun time learning about the work of talented undergraduate students in STEM.

November 4, 2021 || WiPS-UH collaborates with SACNAS-UH for an outreach event at Chavez High School along with Drs. Greg Morrison and Claudia Ratti. The aim was to highlight the financial resources available for students to take up a college education in STEM.

October 21 - 23, 2021 || Anjaly, Ashtami and other physics graduate students from UH present their research at the Texas APS Section Meeting.

October 15, 2021 || Tania Ghosh, a 2nd year graduate student in Dr Mini Das's group designs the WiPS Logo. Here Lilly is congratulating her with a gift card. Thanks Tania!

October 12, 2021 || Fengjiao, Nosheen & Anjaly join the team. They meet with Ananya, Jamie and Lilly to plan the upcoming events. We also enjoyed Fengjiao's delicious cupcakes!

October 4, 2021 || WiPS-UH collaborated with student organization, UH-SACNAS, for the Undergraduate STEM Research Symposium Info Session. Ananya presented her research on the physics of biopolymers and interacted with undergrads students in STEM.

September 22, 2021 || Hybrid Welcome Luncheon Fall 2021 was organised by WiPS-UH to meet the women grad students, postdocs, faculty and staff in the physics department. An event celebrating the research and achievements of women in STEM.

September 22, 2021 || Hybrid Welcome Luncheon Fall 2021 was organised by WiPS-UH to meet the women grad students, postdocs, faculty and staff in the physics department. An event celebrating the research and achievements of women in STEM.

September 17, 2021 || WiPS-UH featured on The Cougar, University of Houston's official student-run newspaper. Read the full article here

July 15, 2021 || Virtual Meet of WiPS-UH chapter advisor, Dr. Claudia Ratti and new officers (Lilly, Jamie and Ananya).

Feb 23, 2020 || Dr. Margaret Cheung was the inaugural speaker at UH-Rice women in physics distinguished lecture series.

Feb 19, 2020 || Ananya Mondal, graduate student in Morrison group, received the Biophysical Society (BPS) Travel Award 2020. She presented a poster titled 'Inhomogeneous forces in semiflexible biopolymers' at the BPS 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Feb 23, 2020 || Vidushi Adlakha, graduate student from physics department, is introducing WiPS-UH and motivating high school students at Chávez High School, Houston, to pursue careers in STEM.

Feb 23, 2020 || Dr. Rebecca Forrest at Chávez High School's outreach visit with WiPS-UH.

April 10, 2019 || Lunch & Learn: The women faculty of the Physics Department at UH have invited the women graduate students and postdocs for a lunch to discuss any issue or curiosity about being a woman in physics. This was also an occasion to celebrate Vidushi Adlakha, one of our graduate students who received the UH Teaching Excellence Award.

April 10, 2019 || Vidushi Adlakha, graduate student from physics department, with the UH Teaching Excellence Award.

October 11, 2018 || Lunch & Learn: The women faculty of the Physics Department have invited the women students and postdocs for a lunch to discuss any issue or curiosity about being a woman in physics

Summer, 2018 || Jamie Stafford, a graduate student from physics department, attended the 2018 National Nuclear Physics Summer School at Yale University, where she presented a poster on "Freeze-out parameters from net-kaon fluctuations at RHIC" about the research project that she is conducting in the Nuclear Theory Group at UH. Her presentation was selected as best poster out of more than 40 participants.

September 27, 2017 || Lunch & Learn: The women faculty of the Physics Department have invited the women students and postdocs for a lunch to discuss any issue or curiosity about being a woman in physics.

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Department of Physics, University of Houston
Science & Research Building 1 (Rm 617), 3507 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77204

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